Over the last few weeks, I’ve been happily posting the latest news on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot. I’m a huge fan of the series and it had a very large impact on my life as a child. It’s something I continued to follow all the way into my adulthood and love sharing with my own son. So when I say I was excited for another Turtles movie, we’re not talking about a normal level of excitement. We’re talking scary fanboy levels of enthusiasm. Even so, I can’t say I’m interested any more.
During a Nickeloden event called Upfront, that was held a few days ago, Michael Bay got up on stage and talked briefly about the new TMNT movie. His company Platinum Dunes is handling the new film, so it’s understandable that he’s got a hand in the production somewhere. He didn’t talk for a long time, but it was enough to shatter me. Here’s what he said:
“When you see this movie, kids will believe one day that these turtles do exist, when we’re done with this movie. These turtles are from an alien race, and they’re going to be tough, edgy, funny, and completely lovable.”
(Stuff We Like managed to upload a video of his quote)
Yeah…SPACE ALIENS. It’s that one little line right there that completely burst my excitement bubble. Don’t get me wrong, I understand they want to change this reboot from the previous films, and present their own take on the heroes in a half-shell, but this is going a little far. By totally changing their origins and how they came to be, you’re changing what’s essential about the Turtles. At that point you might as well take away their colored masks and trademark weapons.
I know what you’re thinking. Every fanboy gets all up in arms when studios announce any little change to a beloved franchise or property. Yet this isn’t exactly minor. Also, I’m not judging how the film will turn out either. It may still be an awesome film (I mean, we can’t know until it’s actually out), but personally I can say, that any interest I had in this film is gone. It pains me since I’ve been anxious for a new Turtles movie for a very long time, but with that big of a change, they won’t feel like the Ninja Turtles I wanted anyway.
So what do you guys think of this new Space Aliens take? Does that mean Splinter is an alien too?